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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Google Yourself Silly 

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Google maps, video and more. Google is the Microsoft of search except Google has a conscience.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Forbes.com: "Bettman never understood--still doesn't understand--that hockey isn't basketball." 

I was considering writing my own anti-Betmann diatribe when I came across this. Mr. Ozanian not only gets the sport he gets the business. I'm biased because I agree with him but Mr. Ozanian has hit the nail one the head here.

Blame Bettman

Sports Feature
Blame Bettman
Michael K. Ozanian, 02.17.05, 3:00 PM ET

"NEW YORK - Hockey is a sport whose lifeblood has always been the arena. Unlike football, baseball or basketball, hockey is not a made-for-TV spectacle. You have to go to a game to understand the sport--feel the cold, hear the clank of the puck, see the blood, calculate its speed.

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While the media has focused on the NHL's operating losses ($96 million last season) and player salaries (an average of $1.8 million), the truth of the matter is that league's bloody P&L statement is the symptom, not the disease.

Hockey's illness is Bettman, a basketball man who is a prodigy of NBA commissioner David Stern. Bettman and the owners he works for trashed the league's identity when they tried to turn a cash-rich, mom-and-pop league into a growth industry.

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Only someone (like the current commissioner) completely unfamiliar with what makes hockey great could not see the likely result: During the 1996-1997 season the 26 NHL teams had an average operating profit (in the sense of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $2.3 million. Last season they lost an average of $3.2 million. In November the average NHL team was worth $163 million. With $2.3 billion in league revenue wiped away forever, that figure is now down to $140 million. And big sponsors like MBNA and Anheuser-Busch may be lost forever.

If the NHL is ever to recover from the debacle created by Bettman, it must put in place a commissioner with hockey in his blood and tremendous integrity. Someone who the fans can identify with and trust. It needs someone who has enough guts to eliminate some teams in order to make the NHL stronger. Wayne Gretzky, anyone?"


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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Apple Wants Confidential Sources ID'ed  

This story makes me wonder what goes on in the minds of those who were in the meeting where they decided to go ahead with this. Apple (as do many high-tech companies) depend on their symbiotic relationship with the media to get the word out about their products.

EFF Asks Court to Protect Online Journalists

"February 14, 2005 - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a California Superior Court for a protective order that would prevent Apple Computer from forcing three online journalists to identify their confidential sources and hand over unpublished materials."

Apple v. Does <<
"In December 2004, Apple filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara county against unnamed individuals who allegedly leaked information about new Apple products to several online news sites, including AppleInsider and PowerPage. The articles at issue concerned a FireWire audio interface for GarageBand, codenamed "Asteroid" or "Q7." In addition, Apple filed a separate trade secret suit against Think Secret on January 4, 2004.

Apple is seeking information from these news sites regarding the identities of the sites' sources, and has subpoenaed Nfox.com, the email service provider for PowerPage, for email messages that may identify the confidential source.

EFF opposes Apple's discovery because the confidentiality of the media's sources and unpublished information are critical means for journalists of all stripes to acquire information and communicate it to the public. Because today's online journalists frequently depend on confidential sources to gather material, their ability to promise confidentiality is essential to maintaining the strength of independent media.
Furthermore, the protections required by the First Amendment are necessary regardless of whether the journalist uses a third party for communications."

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For the non-journalist reader: IF journalists (on or off line) can't protect their sources then nobody comes forward to blow the whistle. Sometimes the only way some people will comment for the record is anonymously because they are afraid for their jobs and, sometimes, even their lives.

Consider Watergate, reporters Woodward and Bernstein who broke the story that eventually brought down U.S. President Nixon promised they would protect Deep Throat's identity until DT died. This recently became relevant again because apparently Deep Throat (who would be fairly old by now) is sick.

This CBS News story New Buzz About 'Deep Throat' ID says "Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post and one of the few people who knows the source's identity, has reportedly acknowledged that he has written Deep Throat's obituary."


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